They pray without ceasing.
What does that mean?
- Driving with our eyes closed?
- Chanting mantras in the shower?
- Sputtering petitions to heaven while we stock up with food at the grocery store?
Driving with your eyes closed is definitely out. The other two, well, that is up to you. Most importantly, it means to keep in contact with your creator. Praise Him, tell Him your troubles. Rejoice with Him in the midst of hard times.
That’s why I’m writing this blog today. News Flash-we are going through horrific times at this very moment.
Ok, quit looking around for a hidden camera. And, you, stop checking your Facebook. Your mother did not “privately” message you by posting on her status again.
It’s much bigger than that. Our family, the family of God, is hurting. In Iraq, our brothers and sisters suffer atrocities that we cannot begin to imagine. Our own spiritual flesh and blood need us desperately.
What can we do?
Live each day in a spirit of prayer.
Like I said, we are the biggest family in the world. And, our Father is really into adopting. So, I don’t think we are going to wrap up our petitions any time soon.
The ““Hey, God, help hurting folks everywhere” quickie jut doesn’t cut it. Our brothers and sisters need to know they are not forgotten.
This is a prayer request from Dan and Marilyn Wilson passed on by Dr. Becky Peters Director of Lutheran Teaching Programs Concordia University concern Christians in Iraq.
Maybe you’ve already read this in an email. To you it’s old news. Personally, I wish it were all an urban legend. It’s not. And the crisis has not gone away.
Missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS are asking to be showered in prayer. ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families – even if it means their own deaths. They are very afraid, have no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have had seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called them for some reason to be His voice and hands at this place at this time. Even so, they are begging for prayers for courage to live out their vocation in such dire circumstances. And like the children, accept martyrdom if they are called to do so. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance.
Don’t get me wrong. We should enjoy the freedom given us, rejoice in it. Cherish it each moment of every day.
But, we cannot forget those who suffer. They are a part of us. They belong to our day, our thoughts. Most of all, they belong in our prayers.
Pray without ceasing.